Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage the parent company of Portabox has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. and Portabox have been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

As essential services, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. and Portabox

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. and Portabox will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps We're Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • We are limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. and Portabox is proud to continue offering our services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. We are here to make the process of storing belongings seamless & safe for you.

End of summer storage ideas

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The end of summer is perfect for making changes in your home. It’s the perfect time to do deep cleaning and declutter the (summer) things you won’t need. However, it’s not easy to get rid of certain items. But with PortaBox Storage, you won’t need to purge and throw away your belongings. We have a better solution. Use our temporary storage Seattle services. We can provide you with portable storage containers you can store at one of our warehouses so that your items stay safe. Wonder how to store your belongings? No worries. We’ve prepared end of summer storage ideas that will make the process easy and fun. Stay with us and find out more.

The end of summer is the perfect time to clean your home

September is often considered as a “New Year” since many things change. The weather is different, kids are returning to school, people usually move during September, and it’s also a great time to do the deep cleaning of your house. However, it’s not easy to start with deep cleaning since it requires a lot of time,e and it’s hard to decide what to declutter. That’s why most people delay the final cleaning. Luckily, with PortaBox, this venture will be easy and enjoyable. Our mobile storage containers Seattle will ease the decluttering process. Besides, they are perfect for storing your summer equipment, such as a portable swimming pool and its equipment. You can also store your garden furniture in our storage containers.

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There are many ways to store your summer equipment

End of summer storage ideas for easy decluttering

Decluttering is easier said than done. It’s not only about deciding what items to store away. It’s also about arranging the items so they stay safe until you need them again. However, sometimes it’s not easy to figure out how to pack certain items. If you don’t know how to store them properly, use the following end of summer storage ideas:

  • Identify your storage space first: Before boxing your items, make a floor plan of your storage space based on the size. For example, you can use our Everett self storage.
  • Use demountable shelves: These shelves are practical since you can remove them at any time.
  • Use square containers as organizers: They will help you organize small things such as bottles, small bags, and equipment. They will maximize the space on the shelves.
  • Use hanging wall panels: Here you can hang your sports equipment.
  • Disassemble your garden furniture: By doing this, you’ll save a lot of space and you’ll be able to pack the furniture into foam bags to protect it from scratching.
  • Use vacuum bags for storing your summer clothes: This way, you’ll save your clothes from damage and protect the items from moisture.
  • Use cabinets (if possible): They will protect your items from dust and dirt.
  • Be creative: make DIY containers or watch tutorials for folding clothes to maximize the space.

End of summer storage ideas for storing inflatable swimming pool

Storing inflatable swimming pools is not an easy venture. You must pay attention to leave it dry and clean until the next summer season. Besides, you should protect it from scratching and tearing. If you don’t have the original box, purchase a waterproof one. Here’s how to store the swimming pool safely.

  1. The first thing you should do is to completely drain the pool to prevent any water from getting inside. Stagnant water is an excellent ground for different bacteria and fungi. If you don’t dry your inflatable pool, it is likely to become covered in mold and mildew, it will be completely ruined, and you won’t be able to use it next season. The best way to drain the water is by using a pump. However, don’t pack up the pool immediately, let it dry under the sun for the next few days to make sure it’s all dry.
  2. Sterilize the pool: Disinfect the pool with bleach or spray the disinfectant onto the pool. Then, scrub it.
  3. Fold it and pack it in an original box: If you don’t have one, use a box that is waterproof but big enough so the pool doesn’t tear. You can also use a plastic container.
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There are many ideas use can use for storing your items

How to store swimming pool equipment

The first thing to pay attention to when storing swimming pool equipment is to store the pool chemicals properly. Keep in mind that these may become hazardous materials if not stored properly. This way, you’ll avoid accidents. So, make sure they are stored in a cool and dry location that is well-ventilated, and protected from sunlight. Besides, keep the chemicals in their original containers. What you should pay special attention to is keeping them away from each other to prevent chemical reactions. And most importantly, make sure they are stored out of your children’s reach. When it comes to other pool equipment, such as swimming rubber, swimsuit, and others, make sure they are dry and pack them in boxes.

How to store patio furniture

When packing outdoor items, most attention is on patio furniture. Outdoor furniture is not cheap at all, and most of us cannot afford to buy a new one every year. That’s why it’s important to store the patio furniture in the best possible way to make it last a long time. Here are some of the end of summer storage ideas for your patio set:

  • Disassemble the furniture: it’s easy to pack and wrap dismantled furniture.
  • Clean the furniture: Wipe it from dust before packing.
  • Use covers: Fitted covers are a great solution.
  • Remove cushion covers and pack them in vacuum bags. Do the same with cushions.
  • Store patio umbrellas by wrapping them in foam bags.
  • Use protective coating for your furniture depending on the material. For wooden pieces, use varnish. Use paste wax for wicker.
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Protect your patio furniture with bubble wrap before storing it in our portabox

The best end of summer storage idea is to use portable storage

If you don’t have enough space to store your summer items, don’t worry. We have the solution for you and some great end of summer storage ideas you can actually use. Our short term storage in Seattle may be the perfect fit. Ensure the safety of your belongings, and get yourstorage container, ensuring your items stay intact until the next season.


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